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A History of Mutual Aid Organizing


Project creators



Tyesha Maddox

Assistant Professor

Fordham University


Daniel Joslyn

PhD Candidate

New York University

About the project

This project aims to produce a 10-minute multimedia video that will highlight the history of mutual aid organizing, as a way to help people understand and historicize the COVID-19 pandemic.

Illustrating the ways in which mutual aid work serves as a crucial aspect of this pandemic, the project ultimately serves as a call to action to encourage viewers to become involved in COVID-19 relief and mutual aid work. 

The project has been working in a number of ways with Mutual Aid NYC (MANYC). The project creators are spearheading MANYC’s effort to build an archive to preserve essential documents that various mutual aid organizations have been producing in an effort to make them available to organizers and activists, as well as scholars hoping to research and understand contemporary mutual aid surrounding the COVID-19 crisis.


The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest
St. Augustine Center, Room 410
Villanova University
Villanova, PA 19085

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